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Strengthening Families since 1940


Our Services

One-on-One Counselling

Our counsellors provide one-on-one counselling. To set up an appointment please call 519-621-5090. Many of our programs are subsidized by local partners, government or other programs. We also currently offer an equitable fee structure that allows you to "Choose Your Rate". 


We provide a series of group sessions to support you as you walk towards healing. From grief counselling to relationship groups to managing anger.

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"All people deserve to feel valued as part of our community... I am incredibly thankful for a generous community which supports our recovery homes and social enterprise."
Marian Best


We envision a community where emotional/mental health and well-being are prioritized and destigmatized.


Porchlight provides a safe space where counselling and addictions services support the emotional well-being of people in Cambridge and North Dumfries. 




Community Based



Our Roots

In 1940 a group of community members came together to support local families who suffered loss of employment and the loss of family members as a result of WWII.

The group knit socks, produced medical bandages, assisted families with food and urgent living costs and provided counselling for soldiers returning from war. The counselling took many forms: helping strengthen re-united families; supporting soldiers as they faced post experience trauma; walking with soldiers as they found meaningful employment.

The services grew and, in 1961, Family Counselling Centre (our name at the time) incorporated as a non-profit agency and acquired charitable status in 1967. Founding members continued their contribution to the community by extending their reach and establishing the Cambridge Kin Club and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries. In October of 2022, we rebranded to Porchlight Counselling and Addiction Services, renewing our long-standing commitment to Cambridge and North Dumfries. 

Our Funding

We are grateful for donors and financial supporters who extend the availability of funding to all people. Without their support, we would not be able to continue to provide the quality of services currently available.

Federal Government

Provincial Government 

Municipal Governments 

Foundations and Granting Bodies 

Individual donations from private citizens (like you!)

Our Staff


Cameron Dearlove
Executive Director 

Derek Campbell, M.S.W., R.S.W
Clinical Director

Marian Best
Addictions Clinical Supervisor 

Jessica Owen
Program & Operations Director  


Cheryl Robinson

Judy Buchner 
Payroll Administrator 

Robyn Schwarz
Fund Development, Advocacy, & Communications Lead

Kate McLachlan
Clinical Administrative 

Lisa Mariano-Amaral 
Clinical Administrative Support

Social Workers and Psychotherapists

Derek Campbell, M.S.W., R.S.W
Registered Social Worker

Amy BattistoneM.S.W., R.S.W (she/her)
Registered Social Worker 

Cecil KuwabaraM.S.W., R.S.W
Registered Social Worker

Jessica StrobelM.S.W., R.S.W (she/her)
Registered Social Worker

Sora Yun, M.S.W., R.S.W
Registered Social Worker

Sabina Santilli, B.S.W., R.S.W., MA
Registered Social Worker 

Kalysha Feltz, M.S.W, R.S.W.
Registered Social Worker



Taylor Geim, R.P(Q), MA (she/her)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Addiction Services Counsellors and Support

Marian Best
Addictions Clinical Supervisor

Don Johnson
Addictions Counsellor

Baljit Mall 
Peer Support Worker

Julie Egerton
Recovery Home & Addictions Support Worker

Jessica Hill
Peer Support Worker

Anita Byrnell
Recovery Home & Addictions Support Worker

PAR (Partner Assault Response) Facilitators & Support

Gord Moir
PAR Facilitator

Caleb Redekop
PAR Facilitator

Paul Sauder
PAR Facilitator 

Jessica StrobelM.S.W., R.S.W (she/her)
PAR Facilitator 

Sora Yun, M.S.W., R.S.W
PAR Facilitator 

Emma Callon 
PAR Facilitator 

Valerie Clark, M.Ed., R. P., C.C.C
PAR Facilitator

Anna Barth, R.P., MA
PAR Facilitator 

Brenda Clements 
PAR Partner Contact

Ayr Community Support

Brenda Clements 
Community Program Coordinator 

Our Board

Our board is drawn from members from across the Region of Waterloo and North Dumfries.  If you are thinking of supporting our agency, please consider bringing your gifts and talents to one of the committees or to the board.  We seek individuals with a lived experience of struggles with mental health; with accounting, legal, management, communications, marketing, technology, special events/fundraising experience or enthusiasm as well as counselling administration experience.

Porchlight Counselling & Addiction Services enjoys excellent support from our board of directors.  Currently our members are: 

  • Cameron Dearlove, Executive Director, ex officio
  • Diana Drackley, President, Not-for-Profit Consultant
  • Ray Ward, Treasurer, Retired Staff Sergeant
  • Jessica Bellamy, Registered Nurse
  • Douglas Bartholomew-Saunders, Health and Social Services Leadership 
  • Sherri Tryon-Hughes, Career Centre Manager, Conestoga College
  • Tara Chapman, Aspiring Entrepreneur, previous Office/Showroom Manager
  • Janet Jones, PhD Student, Policy Analyst
  • Diane Ferraro, Accountant with MNP

In addition to our board of directors there a number of standing committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Marketing/Events Committee
  • Risk Management Committee
  • Addictions Committee

Annual Report & Financial Audit

Annual General Report

Check out our latest 2021-22 Annual General Report below.

Audited Financial Statements

Download a copy of our latest audited financial statements for 2021-22.

Strategic Plan

Take a look at our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, approved by our Board of Directors in July 2022.



Porchlight Counselling & Addition Services of Cambridge and North Dumfries

18 Walnut Street,
Cambridge, ON
N1R 2E7

Tel. 519-621-5090